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Thomas Stearns Eliot was an American-born British poet, playwright, and literary and social… [More] critic. The poem that made his name, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, started in 1910 and published in Chicago in 1915, is seen as a masterpiece of the Modernist movement, and was followed by some of the best-known poems in the English language, including Gerontion (1920), The Waste Land (1922), The Hollow Men (1925), Ash Wednesday (1930), and Four Quartets (1945). He is also known for his seven plays, particularly Murder in the Cathedral (1935). He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Literary critics say he occasionally displayed anti-Semitic rants in his writing. [Less]
1889: Martin Heidegger
Heidegger was a German philosopher known for his existential and phenomenological explorations of the… [More] “question of Being.” Writing extensively on Nietzsche in his later career, and offering a “phenomenological critique of Kant” in his Being and Time (1927) — considered one of the most important philosophical works of the 20th century — Heidegger is known for his Post-Kantian philosophy. He was a controversial figure, largely for his affiliation with the Nazis, for which he never publicly apologized or expressed regret. However, had extramarital affairs with Hannah Arendt and Elisabeth Blochmann, both students of his, and both with Jewish lineage, making them subject to severe persecution by the Nazi authorities. He helped Blochmann emigrate from Germany prior to World War II, and he also resumed contact with both of them after the war. [Less]
1898: George Gershwin
Gerswhin was an American composer and pianist of Jewish Russian-Ukrainian descent. Gershwin’s… [More] compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known. Among his best known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris, as well as the opera Porgy and Bess. Initially a commercial failure, Porgy and Bess is now considered one of the most important American operas of the 20th century. [Less]